North Santiam River Mehama to Stayton

Salem, Oregon

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The coniferous forests found along the upper reaches of the North Santiam gradually shift to foothill and farmland vegetation along this run. After about 0.2 mile of smooth water below the put-in, the river begins a series of mild rapids. Following these rapids is a nice play spot on the left known as Beginner’s Hole. A particularly troublesome chute for beginners occurs just before a group of three powerlines comes into view. The chute flows from left to right directly into the bank and has a strong, swirling eddy on the inside of the turn. Another 0.2 mile below the powerline is the largest rapids on this run, which should be run on the far left. Below this drop is the traditional lunch stop on the right bank. In late summer, wild blackberries can be added to your lunch menu. Character: agricultural.

North Santiam River: Mehama to Stayton Professional Review and Guide

"The coniferous forests found along the upper reaches of the North Santiam gradually shift to foothill and farmland vegetation along this run. After about 0.2 mile of smooth water below the put-in, the river begins a series of mild rapids. Following these rapids is a nice play spot on the left known as Beginner’s Hole. A particularly troublesome chute for beginners occurs just before a group of three powerlines comes into view.

The chute flows from left to right directly into the bank and has a strong, swirling eddy on the inside of the turn. Another 0.2 mile below the powerline is the largest rapids on this run, which should be run on the far left. Below this drop is the traditional lunch stop on the right bank. In late summer, wild blackberries can be added to your lunch menu. Character: agricultural."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Salem
Distance: 10.5
Class: Class II
Season: Best year-round; Flow: 1000–2000 cfs
Driving Directions: Directions to North Santiam River: Mehama to Stayton

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May 2018